Diego Simeone enthused at Atletico Madrid’s performance against Austria Vienna that settled their qualification to the Last 16 of the Champions League.
Los Colchoneros picked up a fourth straight win in Group G with a 4-0 win thanks to goals from Joao Miranda, Raul Garcia and Filipe Luis in the second half, and Diego Costa in the second, whilst the Brazilian-born striker also missed a penalty.
“I'm happy with the work of the team, because we took our opportunity to reach the first knockout round here,” enthused Simeone post-match.
“I'm satisfied because the team played a great match. We scored the first goal at the perfect time and so could ease off a little in the second half.
“Now we will play against two great teams in Zenit and Porto with an element of calm, because we don't have to fight to get through to the next round.
“I'm very happy with the way we won. My players forgot the pressure to win and decided the issue in the first half.
“In our next group games we can give playing time to other players because they deserve it. The team is growing, chances keep coming and that gives more opportunities for our forwards to score.
“We are taking things match by match in La Liga and we have the same philosophy in the Champions League, knowing our chances.
“Josuha Guilavogui is settling into the team and is doing very well. It's always important to work on free-kicks in training and we profited from that preparation in this match.”